Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Grounded" Illustration Friday January 6, 2012

Inspired by the Illustration Friday word "grounded"

As one of four noisy, energetic and - above all - inquisitive children (I'll admit the word "hooligan" has been used to describe one or more of us at times with some accuracy) one of the things I longed for most was somewhere I would not be disturbed.

In the summer, even a call of nature did not necessarily mean a period of solitude, as the outhouses up in the country were two-seaters, and "take your sister with you" was a phrase we all had to live with - and learned to sidestep with some skill as we got older.

I used to watch squirrels and groundhogs with some envy - to my eye, they could just wander off, dig for a while, and voila - a new house. All the peace and quiet they could want.

These days I've learned to enjoy, even gather the noise around me. Solitude comes of its own accord.


  1. I have to laugh at "take your sister with you" to the two-seater :) Looks like a wonderful den. Nice job!

  2. This is great. I love the cross-hatching! I enjoyed the commentary too, and yes, particularly the "take your sister with you"! Thank you for your beautiful comments at my blog.

  3. A whole secret world! I like this...and drawn so well :)

  4. Heh, well I looked at the pic then read the story then looked at the pic and saw what I han't seen and had a big chuckle. :)

    A wonderful example of why illustrations are so much better than photography, how we see what cann't possibly be seen - all at once anyways :)

    Great roots!

    see you :)

  5. nice! i really like it, I want to go there! great drawings! the whole feeling and soul in it!

  6. Hey that's really cool! I like the idea! The drawing is very well done! And it makes me think if theres a child using one of my trees as a secret hideout haha (j/k).

    Well done! :)

  7. I was raised in another part of world but this is very recognizable for me. Your drawing brought nostalgic memories of times past ..... We did similar things, being all days in the woods....unfortunately there are less and less possibilities for children to be raised in such environment as on the picture. There are more offices and companies and less nature.....

    1. We're lucky to have a city built over a ravine system, running water and slopes too steep to build on, and for the kids, dogs that urge us to explore...

  8. You nailed the theme. And it is always fun to see what exactly is going on in terra firma these days.

  9. Nice concept, and beautifully done.


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